Lufkin double murder suspect makes 1st court appearance

Kevin McKelvey (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Kevin McKelvey (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who has been arrested and accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her daughter made his first court appearance Tuesday morning and asked for a court-appointed attorney.

The case of Kevin Jabbar McKelvey, 37, will be handled in District Judge Paul White's court.

In the hearing Tuesday, White said the attorney will be appointed from a public defenders group in Houston, as there are no defense attorneys in the county now certified to handle a capital murder case.

East Texas News tried to get a comment from McKelvey as he was escorted from the courthouse, but McKelvey demanded with strong language for the camera to be put away and said he was not going to talk.

Authorities say McKelvey shot Teresa Hoyle, 39, and her daughter, Shaunika Hoyle, 22, late Sunday. Sheriff Greg Sanches said Teresa Hoyle and her daughter pulled up to the mother's house in the 100 block of Charlton Road in a car driven by another man. McKelvey used a rifle to shoot and kill Shaunika Hoyle when she entered the house, Sanches said.

At that point, McKelvey went outside and shot Teresa Hoyle through the passenger window, Sanches said. Teresa Hoyle was struck in the head by the gunfire, and the driver of the car rushed her to Lufkin Memorial Hospital. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

McKelvey turned himself in to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office Monday night. He agreed to turn himself in with f amil present. It is a movie that some question, but Sanches defends.

"You got to make a choice, said Sanches. "Do you tell the guy no and go and keep looking for him and cause things to get worse, or do you do the right thing and let him turn  himself in, and save a lot of time but in the process save lives. He lived up to his word and turned himself in. We lived up to ours and did right. We handled it properly and it was the right decision to make."

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